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Highlands Ranch Fact Sheet
Background:
  • Highlands Ranch is Shea Homes Colorado’s largest master-planned community with 22,000 acres in various stages of development.
  • Highlands Ranch is ranked as one of the most progressive master-planned communities in the country and lies just 12 miles south of the Denver metro area in Douglas County.
  • The community will reach completion near the year 2010 and will encompass more than 90,000 residents, occupying 36,700 homes.
  • Upon completion, 61 percent of the community will be devoted to non-urban uses such as open space and recreation, 31 percent will be residential properties, and business properties will encompass the final eight percent.
Home Facts:
  • Highlands Ranch offers homes for all types of buyers, from single-family homes for the first-time buyer to custom homes.
  • The community’s homes range in price from the low $200,000s to more than $1,000,000.
  • Shea Homes Colorado works cooperatively with ten home builders in Highlands Ranch including Beazer, Berkeley Homes, Forest Glen, Joyce Homes, Richmond, Ryland, Sanford Homes, Writer Homes, and Virden.
  • Shea Homes Colorado has several communities currently in development in Highlands Ranch – Town Center Brownstones, Tresana, and The Hearth.
Community Facts:
  • Highlands Ranch residents enjoy:
    • More than 2,000 acres of open space, 70 miles of paved and natural trails, 16 local parks, three community parks, and one regional park.
    • Four full-scale, state-of-the-art recreation centers, and two 18-hole golf courses.
    • Numerous public daycare facilities, 19 elementary schools, four middle schools, and five high schools.
    • High-quality medical care at several medical facilities throughout the community.
    • Numerous places of worship representing a variety of faiths.
    • A variety of commercial, convenience commercial, and retail amenities.
  • The HRCA has constructed seven miles of wildlife-sensitive, natural-surface trails on portions of the 8,200-acre Backcountry Wilderness Area.
  • Highlands Ranch is divided into four neighborhoods: Eastridge, Westridge, Northridge and Southridge.
  • The community is home to nearly 1,000 businesses, employing more than 6,800 people.
  • Highlands Ranch provides convenient access to all of Denver’s major attractions and business centers including Chatfield Recreation Area, Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Coors Field, downtown Denver, Denver Tech Center, Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Pepsi Center, and Park Meadows Mall.
Historic Facts:
  • Mission Viejo Company, a master-planned community developer, purchased Highlands Ranch in 1979.
  • The first residents moved into a Highlands Ranch home in 1981.
  • Shea Homes purchased the property in August 1997 from Mission Viejo Company.
  • Highlands Ranch is developed on land that was once part of the Louisiana Purchase.
HRCA Facts:
  • HRCA employs approximately 600 people and has an annual budget of $20 million.
  • HRCA hosts community and special events and operates four state-of-the-art recreation facilities.
  • The HRCA Activity Guide contains current programming, activities and events.
     
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